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I’m Kristen!

I’m a Certified Stepparent Coach passionate about helping stepmoms find peace while navigating this complex role. My husband, 10-year-old stepdaughter, and I live in northern Dallas with our two talkative cats, Chalupa and Zoey, and Husky/Malamute mix, Nova. I am SO happy you’re here!

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The way I “stepmom” has definitely changed in the past nine years. Some of those changes are purely from becoming…

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EP 48: Co-Parenting with a High-Conflict Person with Megan Hunter, MBA

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EP 47: Stepmomming is what you do, NOT who you are!

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